I come from an African immigrant family. My dad, playa playa of the century, met my mother, a reserved woman fresh out of nuns school. They married and moved to Canada in hope for their children to get the highest education possible.
Growing up, as my parents were trying to be flexible with rules concerning me going out, one thing was crystal clear: Everything that had to do with school was non-negotiable.
What a shock they had the day I told them that my goal was not to be a lawyer any more but rather to compete with the Fashion Editors of this world in order to be recognized for my creativity and determination #mymomwentnuts #howtopissofafricanparents
Watching Lupita's acceptance speech on Sunday made me realized that it was relevant to many especially immigrants. Many of us can relate having parents forcing us to study a certain field when our heart is really somewhere else...
To them, she did not only say that dreams can be validated, but she PROUDLY showed us what stepping out of the box and making risky decisions can look it #freshoutofschool #oscarwinner
Looking at my room today makes me reflect on the many times I doubted myself and my field of study. Many times I felt like running to the ''safer'' life choice.
They say that if your dream is not scary enough, it means that it's not big enough and listening to Lupita made me realize that my risky choice can also be validated. I, can also be the exception to the rule and so we could all be.
Like my dad used to say, ''there are moments in life when you will fall, but remember that you will get up, yes hurt, but stronger, wiser and ready to conquer the world more than ever''.Let's Connect:
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